A PhD fellowship is available at Environmental Economics, Department of Food and Resource Economics, Faculty of Science, University of Copenhagen

Department of Food and Resource Economics, Faculty of Science at University of Copenhagen is offering a PhD scholarship in Environmental Economics commencing 1. August 2015 or as soon as possible thereafter. 
Project description
The PhD scholarship is part of the European research project MIRACLE – Mediating integrated actions for sustainable ecosystems services in a changing climate.

The overall objective of MIRACLE is to come up with economic sustainable solutions to reduce nutrient enrichment and future flood risks in the Baltic Sea Region. As part of this project University of Copenhagen is involved in a workpackage to identify the economic impact from selected measures to reduce eutrophication and flood risk under different climatic scenarios. The economic assessment will rely on the outcome from a social learning process with interactive modelling and hydrological modelling in four catchment areas in the Baltic Sea Region: Berze (Latvia), Reda (Poland), Helgeån (Sweden), and Selke (Germany),

The Phd student will primarily be engaged in the economic assessments in relation to relevant scenarios in the four case regions. This entails collection of relevant and necessary data from project partners in the four case regions, involving 1) defining and setting up system boundaries for the analyses, 2) assessing the cost structures for sets of nutrient mitigating and flood preventing measures and technologies developed in stakeholder workshops, 3) assessing private and/or social benefits of selected flood preventing and nutrient mitigation measures, to a large extent based on benefit transfer techniques, and 4) delivering results from cost-effectiveness analysis and cost-benefit analysis to serve as input for a social learning process facilitated through a series of stakeholder workshops. Throughout the project, the PhD student is expected to collaborate actively in an interdisciplinary work environment with other project partners in the MIRACLE project.

Applicants with a strong interest in and solid background in environmental economics in relation to the agricultural sector will be preferred. Furthermore, experience with relevant quantitative methods like cost-effectiveness analysis, cost-benefit analysis and benefit transfer methods is an advantage.

Principal supervisor is Associate professor Søren Marcus Pedersen, Department of Food and Resource Economics, marcus@ifro.ku.dk, Direct Phone: +45 35 33 68 82 and Co-supervisor is Associate professor Søren Bøye Olsen Sobo@ifro.ku.dk Direct phone: + 45 35 33 36 43.

Job description
Your key tasks as a PhD student at Science are:

•Manage and carry through your research project
•Take PhD courses
•Write scientific articles and your PhD thesis
•Participate in congresses
•Stay at an external research institution for a few months, preferably abroad
•Teach and disseminate your research

Key criteria for the assessment of candidates
•A master’s degree related to the subject area of the project
•The grade point average achieved
•Professional qualifications relevant to the PhD programme
•Previous publications
•Relevant work experience
•Other professional activities
•Language skills
•Marks obtained during the first year of study on the master programme (only relevant for applicants applying for a 4-year scholarship)

Formal requirements
The position is available for a 3-year period for applicants holding a relevant master’s degree or for a 4-year period for applicants who are already enrolled or are accepted to be enrolled at one of the Faculty’s master’s programmes.
At the time of commencement, applicants for the 4-year period must have approximately one year of study remaining before graduating from their MSc programme.

Terms of employment
The position is covered by the Memorandum on Job Structure for Academic Staff.

Terms of appointment and payment accord to the agreement between the Ministry of Finance and The Danish Confederation of Professional Associations on Academics in the State.

The starting salary is currently at a minimum DKK 306,667 including annual supplement (+ pension up to DKK 42,361). Negotiation for salary supplement is possible.

Application Procedure
The application, in English, must be submitted electronically by clicking APPLY NOW below.

Please include
•Cover Letter, stating your motivation and background for applying for the specific PhD project.
•Diploma and transcripts of records (BSc and MSc)
•Other information for consideration, e.g. list of publications (if any),
•Full contact details (Name, address, telephone & email) of 1-3 professional referees
•Documentation of English language qualifications, cf. general rules and guidelines, p. 5

The applicant will be assessed according to the Ministry of Science Technology and Innovation Executive Order no. 1039 of 27 August 2013 PhD Order.

The University wishes our staff to reflect the diversity of society and thus welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background.

Last date – 2nd June 2015

Interview will be held Friday 19th June. Interview with applicants outside Denmark will be held via Skype.

For specific information about the PhD scholarship, please contact the principal supervisor.

General information about PhD programmes at SCIENCE is available in the Faculty PhD Rules.